Spotlight on CASL Staff Member Becky Richardson

May 24, 2021

Enjoy the following Q&A with Becky Richardson, SOAR Program Assistant.

  • Name:  Becky Richardson
  • Position:  SOAR Program Assistant
  • Years at UM-Dearborn: Began as a student in 2011; hired as the SOAR Program Assistant in December 2014. 
What does a typical workday look like for you? 

While remote, my typical work day has been spent fighting our 3 cats for my desk chair and keyboard.  I work in the SOAR Program, supporting non-traditional students. Every day is different, so I’m not sure how to describe a “typical” day.   Working as a team with SOAR Director, Ellen Judge-Gonzalez, we support the SOAR students in various ways. My days are spent working with the SOAR students, either via email, Zoom or a phone call. Whether the students need a listening ear, a dose of encouragement, academic or personal support, I am there to help them with their concerns and connect them with the appropriate resources. I host SOAR Coffee Hours every Monday and Wednesday and send weekly updates every Friday to keep our students connected. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I have the best boss and the best job in the world!  We work as a team to support the students. The most enjoyable part of my job is watching the students grow academically and personally.  That A-ha! moment is amazing to see on their faces; watching their confidence in themselves grow is the best part of my job.

What was your first job?

My first official job was at McDonald’s as the drive-thru cashier.

What do you do to relax?

We built a pond in our yard last year, as a Covid project.  I find it very relaxing to sit by the pond, listen to the waterfall and watch the fish and frogs.  I love  spending time with my grandson and I have a granddaughter arriving June 4th, so I expect my summer to be very busy.

If you could have any one skill or talent that you don’t already have, what would it be?

Math, I wish math came easily to me.  I’m a people person, math gives me anxiety!

What’s the proudest moment of your life?

I have two things that I am most proud of. My proudest moments have been watching my four beautiful daughters grow up to be smart, caring and sassy women.  My second proudest moment was earning my degree at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.  I don’t say completing, because I earned it!  It took almost 8 years of balancing family, work, and school to get there.

If we were to create a UM-Dearborn playlist, what song would you want to include?

That’s a hard one because my taste in music is all over the place!  I’m going to represent our program and include Soar by Christina Aguilera.

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I don’t really have a green thumb, I just go buy a new version of the same plant!

What’s one thing you wish you had known when you were a teenager?

There are so many things I wish I had known as a teenager, but I think “My dad was right!” covers almost all of them. 

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